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Should laptops be used in class- time
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lachiew234
May 18, 2010
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blahblahgirl
May 18, 2010
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This is the 21st century people!!! Technology is advancing, so should education and schooling. Laptops are a key in making education and learning simpler and more convenient than ever. Personally, I find reading textbook extremely boring and monotonous, so why not use the laptop instead. There is nothing wrong in using laptops in class, it can actually aid in the learning process.

 
blahblahgirl
May 19, 2010
1 convinced
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WIth proper supervision, playing games in the laptop can be avoided. Besides it's so much easier to be able to research materials in the internet rather than to have to look through textbooks.

 
kennymac
May 19, 2010
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The problem here isn't the laptops, it's the lectures and the student attitudes. If we are going to disallow something because it is distracting, we should get all college girls to wear burkas, as shorts on college girls are highly distracting. consider also that before laptops books were the distraction of the day. Once we get rid of the laptops, should books be next? I think following this line of reasoning we could end up back in the Greek lyceum, without equipment of any kind, but I hardly think that is progress.

 
zuchowski
May 25, 2010
1 convinced
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As a student that uses a labtop, I think that they are quite helpful in school. There is so much information on the internet that helps you with school projects. Why keep using texts books when this is a world that revolves around electronics.

 
gatorsf80
May 24, 2010
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If and only, if properly used. Laptops restricted only to research sites and other useful information would be an asset to educational progress. Japan is leading the way with providing laptops on school buses.

The issue of enforcement is manageable. Research indicates, that students with more tools do better. laptop is a significant tool for education.

The real problem is financial and misconception that a laptop is more of distraction than a useful tool by the faculty and parents. In addition that existing school curriculum is traditional rather than forwards thinking. Imagine how some teacher will eventually become obsolete with the use of laptops.

 
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opinionatedteen
May 18, 2010
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Yes, they should....Laptops make it more convienient to research and take notes....If there were issues where the class was on something they shouldn't, you just block it...

 
unlabled00
May 18, 2010
2 convinced
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I can see the advantages offered by using laptops in class, but the potential for distraction is limitless. I know because I barely pay attention during lectures at my Uni :P

 
lachiew234
May 19, 2010
1 convinced
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Yes they do give you another learning resource but they are a complete distraction. What is a teenager/ child going to do in class, their work or play games. Games of course. At schools everyone is never really as focused on their work as they would normally be with a textbook, they are trying to play games and enjoy the free use of a computer, I KNOW i went to school.

 
lachiew234
May 18, 2010
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They are a complete distraction to students. In the HSC do you use laptops in exams, no. Using textbooks is a simplier way of finding information for what yo have to learn. Games and the world wide web are very big distractions for students in class aswell.

 
lachiew234
May 19, 2010
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Students don't use their ability to their full potiental on computers they are trying to find ways of playing games and trying to make a lesson fun by not doing work. Thats what childern do. I went to school.


 
unlabled00
May 22, 2010
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Laptops are a largely unnecessary technology in the lecture hall/classroom, considering that the primary reason students bring a laptop should be for note taking purposes. Besides, if these books you refer to are not course related texts then theres no place for them in the classroom plain and simple. "Ban books I read for pleasure? Why not just ban gameboys after that?!"

Calculators were introduced in place of slide rules because the shift in productivity was exponential. This magnitude of change is not present between laptops and notepads in terms of note taking efficiency. This, in addition to the fact that laptops are capable of accessing games, communicating with classmates via a variety of methods (including through DOS when classmates are connected to the same network), and surfing the internet, means that a laptop isn't necessary to learn faster or better and its potential for distraction and lesser productivity is greatly larger than a notepads.

Converse accident fallacies are counterproductive to this debate, so I fail to see the significance of your clothing argument.

 
akulakhan
May 25, 2010
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You are right. Laptops do have their place in the classroom. The opposition here would be that laptops are as potentially distracting as they are helpful. This isn't true however because it is the responsibility of the laptop owner, whom also payed for their classes, to exploit such technologies properly.

 
unfettered
May 27, 2010
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While laptops do provide a LEISURE in being able to search up information and take notes, it also provides another way for a student to not pay attention. The student who is going to use the laptop to take diligent notes and look up the useful information on the internet will do the same thing with a notebook and textbook. The student who will use the laptop to play games or just stare at will be the one who doodles constantly in the notebook or sleeps with his book as a pillow. Which, because in America I believe the latter far outnumbers the former, laptops shouldn't be used.

 


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